Monday morning, at approximately 3:36 A.M., Hickory Police Officers responded to the Budget Inn Express 484 Highway 70 SW in reference to two people being shot in a room. Upon arrival, officers located a 37-year-old male, Christopher Scott Burton with a gunshot wound to his arm and a 46-year-old female Carlie Rene Burton with a gunshot wound to her chest. The two victims were transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center where they were treated for their injuries and released.At approximately 3:43 A.M., officers responded to the 900 block of Highway 70 SW in reference to a third shooting victim. Upon arrival, Officers located a 25-year-old Marquel James Jackson, with a gunshot wound to his right leg.
During the investigation, it was determined that Jackson and three black males went to the Budget Inn Express with the intent to rob Christopher Burton and Carlie Burton. Jackson and two of the males walked to the victim’s room while the third male remained in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.
Christopher Burton attempted to flee the room when the suspects entered and was shot in the arm by 25-year old Olajawan Hairston. Hairston then shot Carlie Burton in the chest and shot the Burton’s dog. The third male that entered the room has been identified as Raheem Cordeigh Hauser, age 26. The suspect that remained in the vehicle has not been identified at this time.
Marquel Jackson was shot by Olajawan Hairston while he was attempting to flee the vehicle the suspects were traveling in. Marquel James Jackson was treated for his injuries and released from Frye Regional Medical Center. He has been charged with two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. He received a $20,000.00 secured bond and is currently detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility. Warrants have been issued for Olajawan Hairston for one felony count of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and three felony counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury. Warrants have also been issued for Raheem Cordeigh Hauser for two felony counts of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.Winston Salem Police stopped the suspect’s vehicle around 10:00 A.M and two subjects believed to be Hairston and Hauser ran from the vehicle and escaped apprehension. It is believed that Hairston and Hauser are still possibly in the Winston Salem area and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information regarding this on-going investigation is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551